Curriculum vitae

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weßels, Curriculum Vitae

March 2018

Position

 

Senior research fellow
Deputy director of the research unit "Democracy: Structures, Performance, Challenges" at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)
Professor
Humboldt University Berlin, Institute for Social Sciences, Political Science; Faculty Member and Member of the Board of Directors of the Berlin Graduate School of the Social Sciences (BGSS)

Running funded research
MARPOR Manifesto Research on Political Representation (2009-2022), project director since 2017, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Politische Legitimität in Krisenzeiten (PolLegKris), 2018-2020, co-director (with Heiko Giebler, WZB), funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

German Longitudinal Election Study, 2009-2019 (GLES), long-term fund of the German Science Foundation (DFG), co-applicant (with Sigrid Rossteutscher, Hans Rattinger, and Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck) and principal investigator

Actual professional activities
Vice president of the German Society of Electoral Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wahlforschung, e.V., DGfW)

Member of the scientific advisory board of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (IHS)

Member of the scientific advisory board of the Austrian National Election Study (AUTNES)

Member of the external advisory board of The Institute of Social Sciences (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, ICS) of the University of Lisbon

Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Elections Public Opinion and Parties (JEPOP)

Member of the editorial board of Democratic Theory. An Interdisciplinary Journal (JDT)
 

Born: October 5, 1955
Place of birth: Bremen
Family status: married
Children: one son, one daughter

 

 

Education

 

1962-1965 Lessing-Grundschule (primary school), Bremen

1965-1968 Baluschek-Grundschule (primary school), Berlin

1968-1976 Leibniz-Gymnasium (High School), Berlin

1976 University-Entrance diploma (Abitur)

1976-1982 Studies in sociology, political economy, statistics, and political science at the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin)

1982 Final degree in sociology (Diploma)

12/1989 PhD, graduation to Dr. phil., Department of Political Science, FU Berlin

2/2000 Venia legendi for political science, Department of Political and Social Sciences, FU Berlin

3/2000 Private lecturer, Department of Political and Social Sciences, FU Berlin
 

 

Academic positions
 

1978-1981 Freelance student assistant at the Central Institute for Social Research (Zentralinstitut für sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung), FU Berlin

1981-1982 Student assistant, Central Institute for Social Research, FU Berlin

1982-1983 Research assistant, Central Institute for Social Research, FU Berlin

1983-2000 Lecturer for political science at the Department of Political Science, FU Berlin

10/1985-3/1987 Lecturer at the Institute for Sociology at the FU Berlin

10/1986-9/1989 Assistant Professor, Central Institute for Social Research, FU Berlin

10/1989- Senior Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), research unit "Institutions and Social Change" (until 3/2003).
From 4/2003 on: Senior Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), research unit “Democracy: Structures, Performance, Challenges”

1992-3/2003 (completion of the research unit) Deputy Director, research unit "Institutions and Social Change" at the WZB

11/1999 Guest Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies (Institut für Höhere Studien, IHS), Vienna; post-graduate seminar on attitudes towards European integration

3/2000-2008 Private Lecturer for political science, FU Berlin

4/2003- Deputy Director, research unit "Democracy: Structures, Performance, Challenges" at the WZB

7/2008- Private Lecturer for political science, Humboldt University Berlin, Institute for Social Sciences

2/2009- Faculty Member of the Berlin Graduate School of the Social Sciences (BGSS)

4/2013- Professor, Humboldt-University Berlin, Institute for Social Sciences (ISW)

 

 

Research projects

 

1982-1983
Research assistant in the project "Political crisis factors in the socio-economic system of Berlin" (funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, project manager Hans-Dieter Klingemann)

1984-1986
Freelance collaborator in the research program ''Conflict potentials and consent strategies in the socio-political system of the Federal Republic of Germany'', subproject "Electors and elected" (funded by the Commission for the Promotion of Research and Training at the FU Berlin, project convener Dietrich Herzog)

1985-1987
Research project "Communication potential in the subculture of Berlin" (university project, funded by the Institute for Sociology at the FU Berlin, with Thomas Pahnke)

1986-1988
Cooperation in the project ''Archive of political elites: social change and elite transformation'' (funded by the Commission for the Promotion of Research and Training at the FU Berlin, project director Dietrich Herzog)

1987-1989
Research project ''Industry and environmental protection'' recognized as project of the Central Institute for Social Research" at the FU Berlin

1988-1993
Research project "MPs: Role and communication in the representative democracy of Germany" (funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), co-director with Dietrich Herzog)

1989-1994
Research project ''Beliefs in government", subgroup "Internationalization of governance" (funded by the European Science Foundation, program directors Max Kaase, Ken Newton).

1990-1994
Research project "The future of Berlin" (funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), project directors Nils Diederich, Lutz Erbring, Hans-Dieter Klingemann)

1990-1994
"Comparative national election project, CNEP", German study group (funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), project managers Max Kaase, Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Franz Urban Pappi)

1991-1997
Research project "Political Representation in Comparative Perspective" (project convener Warren Miller)

1991-1994
Research project "Political culture, political and economic orientations in central and eastern Europe during transition to democracy" (coordinator Samuel Barnes)

1993-1999
Research project "Political representation in Europe" in conjunction with the European Election Study (EES) 1994, (co-coordinator with Richard Katz, Pippa Norris, Jacques Thomassen)

1994-1998
Research project "Abstention, voter migration and political issues" (funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), project managers Lutz Erbring, Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Richard Stoess)

1994-1996
"Post-election study of the federal elections in Germany, 1994” (in co-operation with the research professorship "Comparing democratic systems (WZB) and ZUMA, Mannheim, member of the project group)

1994-
Research project "The comparative study of electoral systems (CSES)", member of the project group

1995-1998
Research project "Intermediary organizations and political participation" (funded by the Fritz Thyssen foundation, applicant and co-director with Hans Dieter Klingemann)

1995-1998
Research project "Macro structures in OECD countries and political performance, 1945-1990"

1995-1996
Research project "Local elites and local democracy", international research group "Democracy and local governance" (with Thomas R. Cusack)

1995-1997
Research project "European parliament and political representation" (funded by the German Science Foundation, DFG, applicant and project director)

1998-1999
Research project "Post-election study of the federal elections in Germany, 1998" in conjunction with the "Comparative study of electoral systems (CSES)" (in co-operation of WZB; the Central Archive for Empirical Social Research (ZA), Cologne; the Center for Survey Research, Methods and Analyses (ZUMA), Mannheim); and the University of Mannheim (coordinator with Hermann Schmitt))

1998-2002
Research program "Political representation and party choice in the European Union", training and mobility of researchers program (TMR) of the European Commission, representative of the WZB knot together with Hans Dieter Klingemann

1998-2003
European Election Study 1999, member of the project group

1999-2001
"MPs in Europe: conceptions of political order and co-operation in the European Union" (funded by the German Science Foundation, DFG, applicant and project director)

2000-2002
Research project "The consolidation of democracy in central and eastern Europe" (funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) co-applicant with Dieter Fuchs, Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Edeltraud Roller)

2002-2003
Research project "Post-election study of the federal elections in Germany, 2002" in conjunction with the "Comparative study of electoral systems (CSES)" (funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), project director and co-applicant with Hermann Schmitt, University of Mannheim)

2002-2004
Research project "Towards a European Civil Society (CiSoNet)" (WZB project, funded by the European Commission, member of the project group)

2003-
"European citizenship and multiple identities", member of the drafting group for an integrated project in the context of the 6. framework program of the European Union, WZB project

2004-2007
European Election Study 2004, member of the project group

5/2004-2008
CONNEX, Network of Excellence, 6th framework program of the EU, individual member

2005-2007
Research project "Post-election study of the federal elections in Germany, 2005" in conjunction with the "Comparative study of electoral systems (CSES)" (funded by the WZB, in cooperation with the research unit “Inequality and Social Integration”), project director

2005 - 2011
Quality of Democracy - Democracy Barometer for Established Democracies, NCCR Democracy, University of Zurich, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation

2007 – 2009
Denationalization of Problem Perceptions. Survey-based research project in cooperation of the research unit "Democracy" and the research unit "Transnational Conflicts and International Institutions" of the WZB

2008 – 2011
PIREDEU, FP7 Project, funded by the European Commission, principle investigator, project component „European Candidate Study“

2009-2017
German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES), long-term fund by the German Science Foundation. Co-applicant with Hans Rattinger, Sigrid Rossteutscher, and Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, project director

 

2009-2012
European Social Survey, ESS Round 6, Member of the Question Module Design Team “Europeans' understandings and evaluations of democracy”

 

 

Professional activities

 

1983-1989
Member of the working group on methods of the department of political science at the FU Berlin

1985-1991
Member of the international research group on "Politics and Business in Western Democracies", International Political Science Association (IPSA)

1988-1989
IT delegate of the Central Institute for Social Research, FU Berlin

12/1988-9/1989
Member of the advisory board of the institute for computer science, FU Berlin

7/1993-10/1999
Speaker (elected) of the working group "Interest groups" of the German Political Science Association (DVPW)

1993-2009
Member (elected) of the scientific council of the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), re-elected 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007

1993-
Member of ICORE (The International Committee for Research into Elections and Representative Democracy)

1994-
Scientific correspondent of the Revue International de Politique Comparée

6/1997 - 12/2001
Speaker (elected) of the scientific council of the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)

1997-
Member of the co-ordination group of the German national election study (Deutsche Wahlstudie, DWS)

1998 - 2000
Member of the research program commission of the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)

1998 - 1999
Member of the appointment commission for the position of a director in the research area of economics at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)

1998 - 2014
Member (elected, 3 terms 1998-2003, 2003-2009, 2009-2014) of the Planning Committee of the "Comparative Study of Electoral Systems'' (CSES), module II, module III, and module IV

2007
Member of the selection committee for a guest professorship at the Technical University of Berlin

2007
Member of the selection committee for a junior professorship at the University of Lunenburg (Leuphania)

2007 - 2008
Member of the Kuratorium (board of trustees) of the WZB

1/2007 -
Founding member of the German Society of Electoral Research (DGfW, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wahlforschung), member of the founding board of directors

12.7.2007 -
Member of the executive committee of the German Society of Electoral Research (DGfW)

20.7.2007 -
Member of the board of directors of the German Society of Electoral Research (DGfW), Vice-President

Dec. 2007 - 2011
Member of the steering committee of the PIREDEU FP7 project

2008 -
Member of the scientific advisory board of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (IHS)

2009 -
Member of the scientific advisory board of the Austrian National Election Study (AUTNES)

2012
Member of the selection committee for a professorship at the Humboldt University Berlin, Institute for the Social Sciences

2012 -
Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Elections Public Opinion and Parties (JEPOP)

2012 - 
Member of the editorial board of Democratic Theory. An Interdisciplinary Journal (JDT)

2014 -
Member of the external advisory board of The Institute of Social Sciences (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, ICS) of the University of Lisbon

 

 

Research funds

 

1995 - 1998
Fritz Thyssen Foundation, "Intermediary organizations and political participation" co-applicant with Hans Dieter Klingemann

1995 - 1997
German Science Foundation (DFG)
"European parliament and political representation"

1999 - 2001
German Science Foundation
"MPs in Europe: conceptions of political order and co-operation in the European Union"

2000 - 2002
German Science Foundation (DFG)
"The consolidation of democracy in central and eastern Europe", co-applicant with D. Fuchs, H.-D. Klingemann, and E. Roller

2002 - 2003
German Science Foundation (DFG)
"Post-election study of the federal elections in Germany, 2002", co-applicant with Hermann Schmitt, University of Mannheim

2008 - 2011
EU, FP7: "Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union" (PIREDEU)

2009 - 2017
German Science Foundation, (DFG), "German Longitudinal Election Study", long-term fund, co-applicant with Hans Rattinger, Sigrid Rossteutscher, and Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck

 

 

Reviews/evaluations

 

for Journals
American Journal of Political Science (AJPS); Acta Politica; British Journal of Political Science (BJPS); Comparative Political Studies (CPS); Comparative Politics (CP); Czech Sociological Review (CSR); European Journal of Political Research (EJPR); European Union Politics (EUP); German Politics; International Organization (IO); Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS); Journal of Economics; Journal of Electoral Studies (JEL); Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties (JEPOP); Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP); Journal of Legislative Studies (JLS); Journal of Politics (JOP); Journal of Theoretical Politics (JTP); Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie (KfZSS); Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (OEZP); Politische Vierteljahresschrift (PVS); Political Analysis (PA); Political Behavior; Political Studies; West European Politics (WEP); World Politics (WP); Zeitschrift für Politik; Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (ZfP); Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft (ZfVP)

for Research funding
German Science Foundation (DFG)
Dutch Social Science Research Council
Swiss National Science Foundation (FNSNF)
Fritz Thyssen Foundation
Excellence Promotion in Research, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

 

 

Memberships

 

German Political Science Association (DVPW)
German society for parliamentary research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Parlamentsfragen, DVParl)
American Political Science Association (APSA)
German Society for Election Research (DGfW)

 

 

Research interests

 

Comparative politics, interest intermediation and political representation, political attitudes and political behavior